While some museums are banning selfies, there is now a museum that does exactly the opposite. The Museum of Selfies is a real thing and opened recently in Los Angeles. As the museum’s website reads, this isn’t just a museum of selfies, but a museum about them. So, what is there to know about selfies, anyway?
The Museum of Selfies is a pop-up museum described as “an interactive museum that explores the history and cultural phenomenon of the selfie.” In this context, the selfie is explained as “an image of oneself taken by oneself.” And as the description reads, is roots date back 40,000 years.
Visitors to the museum can explore the origin and history of the selfie through art, history, technology, and culture. If you decide to pay a visit, you’ll see works of some selfie artists, the world’s longest selfie stick, and a throne made of selfie sticks. Of course, you can also take some selfies in the process while enjoying the museum’s interactive installations. The Museum of Selfies promises that you’ll see “the unseen depths and history” of selfies and that you’ll never see them the same way again.
For anyone asking: “Do selfies really deserve a museum?” this is the response on the museum’s website:
Over a million selfies are uploaded to social media every day. Whether you think they’re the most amazing thing ever or the low point of human culture, selfies have a firmly-cemented place in our modern society, but also have roots going back to the most ancient and primal aspects of our species. That seems worthy of a museum, no?
In my opinion, it is worthy of a museum, no matter how much I personally don’t like selfies. First of all, they are now rooted deeply in our culture, so they should probably have a museum dedicated to them. Also, I think that museums like this are unusual and fun. I do like museums with artwork or historic artifacts, but I also enjoy the fun and unusual ones (such as Museum of Illusions). Even though I don’t like selfies, I’d love to see what a museum dedicated to them looks like and what it offers. I think it could be fun. What do you think?
The Museum of Selfies opened on 1 April and it will go until 31 May 2018. If you’d like to learn more, you can visit their website and Facebook page.
[via Resource Magazine, lead image credits: Travailwiki (modified)]
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